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KILLYMOON LADIES WIN ALL-IRELAND TITLE

The Killymoon ladies have won the prestigious Revive Active Four-ball All Ireland title after overcoming a very strong and determined Munster Champion Club Ballybunion GC in the final at Royal Tara Golf Club.

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Having negotiated a safe passage through the Ulster section defeating Dungannon GC, Rossmore GC, County Cavan GC, Tandragee GC and Ballycastle GC in the Ulster Final, the Ulster Champions travelled to new ground at Royal Tara GC to take on the provincial champions from the other three provinces.

Royal Tara Golf Club was the host of the Revive Active Four-ball National Finals where Lucan, Ballybunion, Killymoon and Portumna are this year's semi-finalists.

In the first of the semi-finals, first honours went to Dublin GAA star Kate Whyte and her partner Anne Seymour when the Lucan pair overcame Diane McIvor and Avril Marshall of Killymoon. However, despite Lucan being ahead in 4 of the 5 matches through 12 holes, Killymoon never lost faith. With two matches already culminating on the 18th green in favour of the Ulster club, Colleen Conway broke Lucan hearts when she confidently 2 putted from 20 feet, enough for a 2-hole victory and a place in the Revive Active Four-ball National Final.

2015 National Four-ball winners Ballybunion faced Western Champions Portumna in the second semi-final. Fresh from her win with Ireland at the Senior Women's Home Internationals during the week, Suzanne Corcoran and partner Mary McElroy carded a 3&2 victory for the Portumna side, but Ballybunion ensured the match was quickly level again when Gilmore and O'Connell won by the same margin moments later. The fourth pairing of Joyce and O'Donoghue made easy work of their match, closing it out on the 12th green which left two matches to be decided. Catriona Corrigan & Pudge O'Reilly claimed the winning point when they won the 16th and 17th holes leaving the middle match to be called-in and declared a half.

Killymoon (3) Lucan (2) (Killymoon names first): Diane McIvor & Avril Marshall lost to Kate Whyte & Anne Seymour 4&3; Carmel Hagan & Catherine Irwin beat Ada Bowler & Una Murphy 1 hole; Heather Campbell & Donna Mulholland beat Molly Dowling & Paula Fay 1 hole; Kathryn Kerr & Colleen Conway beat Patricia Kelly & Sandra McCaffrey 2 holes; Anne MacMahon & Anne McCrea lost to Yvonne Barry & Cathy McEvoy 3&2

Having qualified for the final, the Killymoon ladies now faced Ballybunion in the final.

At the turn, the two sides were inseparable. Carmel Hagan and Catherine Irwin of Killymoon carded the first win on the 15th green, two points from two for the duo. In the top match, Ballybunion pairing of Mary Sheehy and Louise Griffin had a point to prove having lost their semi-final match-up yesterday and looked like doing so with one hole to play. However, the last hole went in favour of McIvor and Marshall meaning extra holes were needed. Killymoon emerged eventual winners on the 20th, a crucial turn.

With two matches already finalised, Killymoon needed just one more point to claim victory. Once Catriona Corrigan and Pudge O'Reilly had finished their match 3&1 the tie hung on the fourth match to decide. It was Kathryn Kerr and Colleen Conway who would seal the win for the Ulster club with a birdie 4 on the last from Conway, a 23 handicapper.

"It's a great honour for our small club to win this event," said Catherine Irwin, team captain of Killymoon. "It is our first win and I am so proud of this team for putting our small Cookstown club on the map!"

ILGU President Vonnie Noonan spoke at the final presentation; "The ILGU are delighted that Revive Active will sponsor the event for a third time again next year, it is great that such an outstanding product is associated with our Four-ball Championship, we are greatly appreciative of all of our sponsors."

Revive Active Four-ball Final

Ballybunion (2) Killymoon (3) (Ballybunion names first): Mary Sheehy & Louise Griffin lost to Diane McIvor & Avril Marshall 20th; Susan Gilmore & Janice O'Connell lost to Carmel Hagan & Catherine Irwin 4&3; Margaret McAuliffe & Lorraine Canty beat Heather Campbell & Donna Mulholland 2&1; Patricia Joyce & Mary O'Donoghue lost to Kathryn Kerr & Colleen Conway by 2 holes; Catriona Corrigan & Pudge O'Reilly beat Anne MacMahon & Kate Lennon 3&1

Well done Killymoon Ladies.
 
"FORWARD"

The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club

Volume 5 Issue 12 - 06 October 2017

 

The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club

CAPTAIN’S CORNER

 


Pride of place this issue must go to the Ladies Revive Active Four-ball team who head off to Royal Tara Golf Club in search of All Ireland honours. The Killymoon team captained by Catherine Irwin and Diane McIvor, having beaten Ballycastle GC in the Ulster Final, will play Lucan GC in the All Ireland Semi Final on Saturday morning (tee off at 10.30am) hoping to reach Sunday’s final against either  Ballybunion GC or Portumna GC. Our best wishes go to the team and let’s hope that they can bring home the silverware.  

It has been a busy few weeks with President’s Day, the Mid Ulster Senior Open, the hosting of the MUSA Final Day and our own Champion of Champions in two categories.  I must convey my congratulations to all the winners.

I would also like to thank Wesley Hutton, Kevin Teague and Liam McNeill on their organisational skills to get the Mid Ulster Senior Open and MUSA Finals Day respectively run so successfully.

As the regular golfing season comes to an end, we now look forward to the 6 week Autumn League teeing off to-morrow morning.

Could I keep encouraging you to purchase our lottery tickets and for those of you who have to leave after golf you can always purchase your tickets online - if you’re not in you’ll never win!!

Keep it down the middle!!!!!

Cyril Rafferty

 

PRESIDENT’S DAY 2017

Killymoon celebrated one of the days of the year in the club calendar when Hugh O’Neill hosted his President’s Day on Saturday 02 September. Sandwiched in between two days of less than clement weather Killymoon President Mr Hugh O’Neill enjoyed excellent conditions for his Presidents Day. One of the main events of the year at the club the large entry took advantage of the conditions and a manicured course to shoot some fine scores.

An excellent 42 points total enabled Gary McCabe to take top spot just ahead of Oisin Monaghan a point further back with Glenn Booth in third. Gross prize was annexed by Bryan Martin with a 71 and the full list of winners was as follows:-

PRESIDENT’S DAY 2017 – ROLL OF HONOUR

WINNER: GARY McCABE                                42 points

SECOND: OISIN MONAGHAN                      41 points

THIRD: GLENN BOOTH                                    40 points

FOURTH: JAMES BURKE                                 39 points

FIFTH: BARNEY HAGAN                                  39 points

GROSS: BRYAN MARTIN                                71

PAST CAPTAIN: MARTIN WHITTLE             35 points

COUNCIL: RONAN FOWLEY                          34 points

SENIOR: TREVOR CROOKS                             37 points

FRONT 9: MARK MOLLOY                             

BACK 9: DON McKERNAN

GUESTS WINNER: DARREN GORDON       41 points

GUESTS SECOND: GARY CHAMBERS         36 points

LADIES WINNER: AVRIL MARSHALL           40 points

LADIES SECOND: HEATHER CAMPBELL     37 points

LADIES THIRD: KATE LENNON                      37 points

JUNIOR CAT. 1: EOIN MALLON                    67

JUNIOR CAT. 2: DAVID MONAGHAN        63

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MID ULSTER SENIORS AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Kindly Sponsored by

HARPSCREEN INTERNATIONAL

This very popular two day stroke event for senior golfers was held in good conditions at Killymoon Golf Club on Tuesday 5th September and Wednesday 6th September.

The event is now approaching its 20th anniversary and remains very popular with the golfing fraternity across the whole of Ulster. 88 golfers took part, with a group on each tee, play starting at 11:30 on a shotgun signal. Killymoon provided just under half the entry with the remainder from Ballymena, Brown Trout, Castlerock, Galgorm, Gracehill, Lurgan, Moyola, Newtownstewart, Omagh, Portadown, Portstewart, Spa, Strabane, Tandragee and Warrenpoint.

Head Green - keeper Raymond McAllister and his staff are to be congratulated for the excellent condition of the course. Many visitors commented very favourably on this.

A wide range of nett and gross prizes are awarded for overall scores (2 day aggregate), age categories (55 - 65 and over 65), separate Tuesday and Wednesday prizes and closest to the pin at two selected holes.

The event finished with dinner on Wednesday evening followed by the presentation of prizes by event sponsor Kevin McCabe of Harpscreen International.

Kevin Teague, on behalf of the organisers, thanked all participants particularly those who returned year after year and said he hoped the event would continue to flourish in the future. Kevin thanked Kevin McCabe and Harpscreen International for his generous sponsorship which he hoped would continue in the future.

Other speakers were Club Captain Cyril Rafferty, Club President Hugh O’Neill and John Speirs, Captain of Warrenpoint, representing the visitors.

The speakers commented very favourably on the excellent meal provided by club caterer Darren Gordon and the excellent service given by head barman Trevor Bownes and their respective staff.

Overall winner was Patsy Monaghan (Killymoon)

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ACES ALIVE

A further 2 “aces” have been recorded. Playing in the Lady Vice Captain’s Outing at the Lough Erne Golf Resort Anne Neeson aced” the seventh hole and Roy Montgomery, playing in the Shop Sweep on Sunday past holed out at the second hole. Well done to both Anne and Roy.

ANNE

 

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2017

September 24 saw the playing of the 36 Holes Champion of Champions and 18 Holes Senior Champion of Champion of Champions events at Killymoon where the winners of the various competitions during the year slugged it out to produce the overall Champion of Champions. This year also saw the first playing of the Senior Champion of Champions event with over 18 holes rather than the 36 of the main event. The winners of the two competitions were Barry Quinn and Roy Montgomery (seniors) who collected their prizes from Club President Hugh O’Neill and Club Captain Cyril Rafferty.

 

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MID ULSTER SENIOR ALLIANCE FINAL

The MUSA season came to an end at Killymoon Golf Club on Tuesday 26th September where 10 players from each of the 10 participating clubs enjoyed a 10.30am shotgun start in brilliant weather conditions, for this time of year. This was followed by a 4 course sit down meal for all at 4 pm. In addition to the 100 players, 8 Captains from the participating clubs were in attendance, a wonderful turnout.

Lisburn who led the competition from start to finish obviously ended up winners and deservedly so. The exciting race was for runners-up spot. Omagh were leading this position by 17 points from Portadown going into this final event but were not only overhauled but beaten by 1 point, Portadown scoring 149 points on the day against the Omagh score of 131.

I believe Killymoon were the strongest team by far in the competition as they held everyone else up. It is not the winning but the taking part that is important or so I’m told.

There were many complimentary comments about the condition of our course and particularly about our greens so Raymond McAllister and his team should be justly proud.

My thanks go to Club Captain Cyril for presiding at the dinner and welcoming all present. My thanks also go to all who represented Killymoon in MUSA over the season and for trying your best.      

                                                                                   Liam McNeill    

LUCKY LETTERS LOTTERY

There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 17 September 2017. The Lucky Letters drawn by Ronan Fowley were H I P Y. There were NO winners of the Match 3 Mini Jackpot of £100.

There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 24 September 2017. The Lucky Letters drawn by Barry Quinn were D P W Z. Harry Dunlop (D H W Z) and Oisin Monaghan (C D P W) both matched 3 letters and shared the Match 3 Mini Jackpot of £150.

There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 01 October 2017. The Lucky Letters drawn by Gerry Molloy were L O R D. Geraldine McGuigan (L O R A) and Rosaleen Loughry (L D R Y) both matched 3 letters and shared the Match 3 Mini Jackpot of £100.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place on this coming Sunday evening 08 October when the jackpot will be £10,000.00 and the Mini Jackpot will be £100.00.

                                                       

LADY CAPTAIN’S LOBBY

First of all I would like to congratulate Mr President Hugh and Kate on a fantastic day; it was perfect and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The Entertainment was brilliant until a few of our members decided that they could sing as well …… myself included!!

It has been a very exciting year for our Ladies Branch; we played the final of the Revive Active at Dunmurry and defeated a very strong Ballycastle team to win the Ulster Final.

As Lady Captain of Killymoon I am so proud of my Team Captains Catherine and Diane, and of our fantastic team, they have gone beyond the call of duty and we are all set for Royal Tara on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October, I know we will give it our best and good luck to all …we can do this!!

And now to the Cowdy Cup …. We won the Cowdy in 1987 and that year it was captained by Anne MacMahon. We have since been in the final 6 times and finally our team Captained by Avril Marshall have been victorious. I want to congratulate Avril and her team on a historic victory for the Ladies Branch of Killymoon Golf Club, also congratulations to Anne MacMahon who has now played in two successful Cowdy Finals!

Congratulations also to Daphne’s Senior Tyrone and Fermanagh team who finished 3rd overall, the last match played in terrible conditions so well done to everyone who contributed to the team and to all the hard work from Team Captain Daphne. We can’t win them all …….unfortunately.

Moyola won the Killola Plate this year so congrats to Moyola but I’m confident we can bring it home again next year!

As this fabulous season draws to a close, we can now relax and enjoy our Autumn League and hopefully at last our wonderful ladies can bring an All-Ireland Cup home to Killymoon!!

Maura O’Kane

AND FINALLY……….


Help him find it

John and Hugh were playing their regular Thursday afternoon match around Killymoon and were annoyed by an unusually slow twosome in front of them. One of them was seen to be mooching around on the fairway while the other was searching distractedly in the rough.

"Hey," shouted John, being his normal placid self, "why don't you help your friend find his bloody ball?"

"He's got his bloody ball," came the reply. "It's his bloody club he's looking for."

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